David Kirk Mize, 68, passed away on January 10, 2024. He was born in Boone, N.C., on May 22, 1955. Shortly after, his family moved to Statesville, and he lived in Iredell County for the rest of the life. He spent his childhood in Statesville, his teen years in Barium Springs, and most of his adult years in the Eufola community.

David began teaching math at West Iredell High School in the fall of 1976 and taught there until his retirement. He excelled at teaching and never lost his enthusiasm for it, returning after retirement to teach some advanced courses at Statesville High School and to tutor at the Career Academy and Technical School.

David was gregarious, open, and loyal. He amassed friends from all the eras and venues of his life, remaining close to classmates, students, students’ parents, and colleagues over decades.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Richard L and Virginia W Mize. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Higbee Mize; brothers Richard A. and Robert E. Mize (Elizabeth); nephews Sam and Charlie and niece Lily Mize; and grandniece, Claire Mize.

David’s hobbies and interests included woodworking, fishing, and traveling with Catherine to historic inns.

The family suggests that any memorials be made in support of pancreatic cancer research, to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, for example.

Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family.

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